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George Olsen (I) (1893–1971)

George Olsen was born on March 18, 1893 in Portland, Oregon, USA. He was an actor, known for Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Hit Tune Jamboree (1943) and Follow Thru (1930). He was married to Ethel Shutta. He died on March 18, 1971 in Paramus, New Jersey, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Bullets Over Broadway
Hit Tune Jamboree
Hit Tune Jamboree Himself - Bandleader
Follow Thru
Follow Thru Bandleader
Movie-Town Orchestra Leader


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 1931 Movie-Town (Short)
Orchestra Leader (as George Olsen and His Orchestra)
 1930 Follow Thru
Bandleader (as George Olsen and His Band)
 1929 Happy Days
George Olsen
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 1994 Bullets Over Broadway (performer: "Who")
 1945 Bells of Rosarita (writer: "I'm Going To Build a Big Fence Around Texas")
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 1930 Whoopee! (band leader - uncredited)
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 1958 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- Jack Benny Celebrates His 40th Birthday (1958) ... Himself (uncredited)
 1943 Hit Tune Jamboree (Short)
Himself - Bandleader
 1933 How to Break 90 #4: Downswing (Short)
Himself - George Olsen (uncredited)
 1931 The Voice of Hollywood No. 26 (Short)
Himself - Orchestra Leader
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 1931 Morals for Women
Orchestra Leader

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Alternate Names:

George Olsen and His Band | George Olsen and His Orchestra

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Popular dance band leader of the 1920's and 1930's. His biggest hit came in 1927 with "The Varsity Drag" and his theme song was "Beyond the Blue Horizon." In his later years, he retired from music to become a successful restaurateur. He died on his 78th birthday, March 18, 1971.

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